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Lympe1Person was signed in when posted
02-25-2017
05:25 PM ET (US)
Any advice as I am confused on how to appeal. I filled out a CA2 for a 2015 injury, Was returned to work after 6 mths. to same restrictions I had prior from a earlier accepted injury. Documented my absence at work and when released back to work was told at a meeting no work for me. Haven't been back since and actually received 2 termination notices.1 for 2015 and 1 for 2016. Very long confusing story but termination was due to my attendance from this injury.
Here is my questions. USPS injury comp. didn't submit any injury forms I filled out in 2012. 2013. 2014. and for this latest 2015 injury only submitted the CA2A not my CA2. I filled out the CA2A later for the time after I was released back and they didn't have work for me. 2012 and 2013 injury forms were signed and stamped as received by USPS but never submitted to OWCP.
On this new injury of 2015 I showed these 2013 forms were submitted yet they denied my case for not submitting any injury forms in 2013. Another long story but I blatantly stated and showed they were sent in to both USPS and Them (OWCP) and I had no control over their (USPS) failure to fill their part out and send to them.
My claims examiner stated I was denied as I did not furnish info that I still needed restrictions from a 2009 injury as I never filled out these claims I just referred to. Um as I clearly stated in my descriptive letter to them I have been on restrictions since a 2011 recurrence and I submitted and showed proof of my submitting the injury claims. WTF?
I filled out this recurrence form in 2011 at the USPS insistence because my Dr. put me on restrictions for a flare of my injury. I clearly wrote on the recurrence form that it was due to my needing restrictions. OWCP answered back in regards to your recurrence of 2011, your claim is still open for treatment. Nothing asking for more info or anything else just that statement.
At that time my plant gave me a limited duty offer and I have been on restrictions since. My claims examiner never acknowledged this claim at all and stated because I was on full duty in 2010 I was not entitled to restrictions from my injury and because I didn't submit forms in 2013 when I was out of work I didn't show these restrictions were still from my prior injury.
I clearly showed I have been on limited duty since I sent in this 2011 recurrence form and am not being allowed to return to work with the same restrictions I had on the day I left work. My restrictions now are actually less strict than they were in 2011 when I sent in the claim but have been exactly the same since 2013. Should I have filled out a form for a reduction in restrictions?
So if I ever go out of work or take a couple days off using my leave for a bad pain day my prior restrictions are null and void as being from my prior injury? Same if my restrictions are reduced? And how do I appeal USPS Injury Comp not submitting my forms?
12872
neicePerson was signed in when posted
02-25-2017
04:12 PM ET (US)
kimls - Hard to believe. But, good for you. Hope it lasts.
12871
kimlsPerson was signed in when posted
02-25-2017
11:40 AM ET (US)
Hi, I just found this site. I am glad I did. I was hit by a car going 25 mph when delivering the mail. I was crossing the street in the crosswalk. My supervisor did not take me to the hospital or tell the post master. He made me continue to work for 3 more hours. I actually needed surgery. I went to the hospital after work. The hospital was so busy from after 4th of July stupid stuff that the doctor did not catch all the injuries and did not call a surgeon. I had to have knee surgery on my left knee. My new orthopedic surgeon just reset my arm since it was jammed up in the socket and wouldn't move right. I have compartment syndrome in the lower left leg that needs surgery to fix and damage to the left foot to fix the left ankle and heel. I also have to have another shoulder surgery to fix the rotator cuff damage too. The OWCP did dictate a change in physician for the reasons: Not receiving necessary and adequate medical attention needed and not sending me to testing and treatment that is necessary. Plus my supervisor lied about the amount I was working and so my compensation is too low. I have amazing doctors that are funny and kind. The OWCP is not pushing me to go to work yet. They are more interested in getting the surgeries done. Me too Kimls
Edited 02-25-2017 11:41 AM
12870
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
02-24-2017
08:06 PM ET (US)
JJMV good idea in closing the account then they will have to reissue the payment.
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jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
02-24-2017
04:48 PM ET (US)
Sylvester close bank account and immediately send certified letter informing your claims examiner that you no longer have a bank account to mail check if you need a bank account then open another account I did that same thing there will be a bit of delay maybe
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neicePerson was signed in when posted
02-23-2017
08:45 PM ET (US)
silvester - No, but go to your bank & ask them how to re-direct it or what to do.
12867
silvesterPerson was signed in when posted
02-23-2017
08:02 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know how I can stop my direct deposit of my workers comp payment right away? Thanks
12866
mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2017
08:55 AM ET (US)
Thanks Snowed. I was hoping to not have to do that, it has been a long road to get to this point with ssdi!
Edited 02-19-2017 08:55 AM
12865
SnowedPerson was signed in when posted
02-19-2017
12:43 AM ET (US)
mailladypostlady-
You are likely earning over the limit for "substantial gainful activity" ($1170/month) You can't do anything about that. Also if you are receiving OWCP, your SSDI benefits may be reduced substantially anyway. But you can apply for disability retirement. You can also stop working if your job aggravates your injury, and file a new claim.
Edited 02-19-2017 12:45 AM
12864
VWPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2017
12:09 PM ET (US)
jjmv-Glad to hear it worked out.
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mailladypostladyPerson was signed in when posted
02-18-2017
09:26 AM ET (US)
I have an approved claim. OJI is from 2006. I was out on OWCP since 2010. Meanwhile, I applied for SSDI. I kept appealing during this time. In mid 2016, EA requested that a return to work 2hrs a day. (My restrictions are very limited and MJO is within those boundaries). My problem is, SSDI ALJ has informed me
that I meet the physical requirements to receive my benefits. The problem is, working 2hrs a day 5 days a week at my pay rate disqualifies me from receiving them. I would like to know if any other USPS employees have had this issue? If so, how did you remedy it? No, I did not have an attorney of my own or representative. The ALJ was really
 nice. He told me he would give me 30 days to look into IRWE (impairment related work expenses). My delima with that is receipts. Any info or directives would be greatly appreciated.
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jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
02-17-2017
09:59 PM ET (US)
VW thanks 🤝 finally I followed your advice and Shazam it happened; this site is the best thanks everyone for any advice
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VWPerson was signed in when posted
02-14-2017
01:54 PM ET (US)
jjmv-If the schedule award was approved 4 months ago they should have been paying it out already. It doesn't take that long to process a schedule award. Just make sure you stay on top of them because they will continue to delay if you don't.
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jjmvPerson was signed in when posted
02-13-2017
10:34 PM ET (US)
VW; now its down to final review and certification it's been like that for a few days how much longer do you think : going on three years since surgery 6 months since MMI 4 months since DMA approved
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backrackPerson was signed in when posted
02-13-2017
01:02 PM ET (US)
vw I just sent you an email. Thanks
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VWPerson was signed in when posted
02-13-2017
09:18 AM ET (US)
Backrack-Email probably would be better plus we won't flood the forum with posts.
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backrackPerson was signed in when posted
02-13-2017
09:15 AM ET (US)
Thanks VW. She did send me the the thirty day warning letter date 2/7 received on 2/9. I need to reply I think and don't know what to say cause I have done everything she wanted. Would it be better for me to communicate via your email?
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VWPerson was signed in when posted
02-13-2017
08:02 AM ET (US)
backpack-first thing I would do is request a copy of your claim file. There should be a record in our file of the CE Supervisor calling you and brief description of the call. There should also be a copy of the letter from the RC that the CE claims was sent to you. I would also write a letter to your CE, upload into comp and write down the DCN number for your records, explaining what you explained here. The CE can tell you whatever they want over the phone but they cannot just cut or stop your compensation without giving proper notice and affording you the opportunity to dispute it. If you need or want more information shoot me an email to vicwalker1@gmail.com
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backrackPerson was signed in when posted
02-12-2017
09:51 PM ET (US)
I am really in need of advice. Vocational rehab has started again. The counselor had to go out of the country and they gave me a new one. The ce sent me a letter with the name of the new rc. Then another person calls me not the assigned rc. Asked me to call back. I did not. I called the ce and left a message about this rc I had not heard of. The next day the same rc calls and ask for someone other than me and asked about my location and it was no where near what she was talking about. Again I call ce. Finally get return call from ce supervisor and he states it was a wrong number. Then my dr takes me out of "work". Ce calls and tells me it is a courtesy call before an official letter comes because I had not returned a call the my rc. The problem is there was never a call from the rc. I would have called them back. I always have. Then ce states I did not respond to a letter from rc dated 1/24. That was on 2/2 and I had not gotten any letter. I tell ce that and she basically tells me I am lying. That the rc is a professional. I then asked if she had gotten letter from dr taking me out of work until surgery. Ce states no. I resend that day. Now I get a letter from ce on 2/9 dated 2/7 stating that I have not done my part in the rehab process and the rc has decided that I could make $432 and that my pay will be reduced if I do not state my intentions to do my part. Now what? Dr says I work. Help. This rc stuff is junk.
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VWPerson was signed in when posted
02-12-2017
12:08 PM ET (US)
jjmv- If you have a 21% permanent partial impairment you can file for a Schedule Award. The number of weeks they pay you for that schedule award is determined on the body part or organ that has the impairment. For example a schedule award for your arm is valued at 312 weeks of compensation. OWCP will calculate what you would be paid for 312 weeks of compensation. Lets say that 312 weeks comes out to $500,000, your schedule award would be 21% of the $500,000. You cannot collect wage-loss compensation and a schedule award at the same time unless you are getting compensation under a different claim number than the claim you are filing a schedule award under. Wage-loss compensation and a schedule award are two totally different types of compensation.
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